May 31, 2015 |
If railroad conductor Andrew Boardman - who is credited with coming up with the concept of the first boardwalk, in 1870 - had a different surname, would these wooden walkways that have become so popular at the Jersey Shore be called something different? There's no concrete answer. But along with hotelier Jacob Keim, Boardman constructed the original walk along the Atlantic City oceanfront to help keep the sand off the feet of train passengers boarding the rails back to the city and of hotel guests strolling off the beach and into the carpeted lobbies of the grand hostelries.
May 25, 2015 |
OCEAN CITY, N.J. - So there they were Saturday afternoon - standing in a breeze perfumed by that pizza-crusty-cinnamon-candy-coconut-sunscreen scent that is classic eau de boardwalk - plotting their next move in what appeared to be a complicated operation of acquisition and distribution. Never mind that it was a great beach day and that just steps away the Atlantic Ocean appeared to be the perfect shade of cerulean blue against a baby blue cloudless sky on this first day of Memorial Day weekend, the official unofficial start of the summer Shore season.
May 24, 2015 |
So passionate is Rick Baldt about the Jersey Shore that he claims to have spent 63 summers there. He's 62, but he counts when he was in utero. His parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents were all seashore lovers. Rick and wife Beth, who live in Moorestown, had never owned their own place, though. Instead, they had rented, almost always in Surf City on Long Beach Island. Beth Baldt, a speech pathologist, and Rick, a retired executive for an industrial-equipment company, were hoping to buy a Shore house at last.
May 23, 2015 |
STONE HARBOR, N.J. - Joey Fisher answered a call from behind an upstairs counter at Seashore Ace in downtown Stone Harbor. It was 1 p.m. Wednesday, and it seemed as if the phone had not stopped ringing. She passed this caller to her husband, Jim. Seated behind his desk, he listened to the exasperated voice on the other end and sighed. "There's nothing easy about Memorial Day weekend at the beach," he said. This week, as the Fishers and other Jersey Shore business owners prepared for the holiday weekend, they said they were anticipating a bustling summer season, if the weather cooperates.
May 22, 2015 |
ATLANTIC CITY - See, Atlantic City does want you. The saga of the A.C. Expressway Welcome Sign - yanked down abruptly by the South Jersey Transportation Authority last week over permits - reached an amicable conclusion Wednesday as a new sign was installed - on orders of the state Department of Transportation. Crews put the new sign - with this season's green and purple "Entertainment Capital of the Jersey Shore" brand - back on the iconic, decades old, spot over the Atlantic City Expressway, just east of Exit 2. The sign replaced the old "One Mile to a Million Miles Away" sign that was removed last week after SJTA bureaucrats questioned its lack of permits.
May 16, 2015 |
There is a Wawa on the Coastal Highway in Ocean City, Md., one of a few things visitors from our region would find familiar about this beach town roughly a 150-mile ride southeast of Philadelphia. Another is the geography of the resort, which offers a nice, reasonably nearby change of pace from the Jersey Shore. Ocean City sits on a skinny barrier island, much like Jersey spots such as Long Beach Island, Wildwood, and Atlantic City. The other Ocean City is reached after traversing miles of flat land and crossing a bay on a causeway.
May 16, 2015 |
While thoughts of summer dining begin to warm our imaginations, the sound of bandsaws and hammers resonates from the Jersey Shore to the Delaware beaches as restaurateurs hustle to complete new projects in time for the Memorial Day crowds. "Just turned on the gas last week and got hot water yesterday," said Trevor Lord, a former Quahog's waiter who spent a year on the surfboard-inspired woodwork and renovations for the Watering Hull (261 96th St.) in Stone Harbor, a breezy Caribbean seafood restaurant-bar in a second-floor space with roll-up garage door walls atop Harbor Square.
May 15, 2015
In the last two years, the number of breweries in New Jersey has more than tripled. Good luck finding their beer down the Shore. That's because quantity, not quality, is still the key to beach-town beer consumption. The raucous, rocking bars of Wildwood, Sea Isle City, and elsewhere along Ocean Drive are all about Stoli Razberi drinks and buckets of fizzy yellow liquid. Yes, you'll spot an occasional local beer mixed in among the taps. But a true craft-beer bar down the Shore is as rare as a seagull without an attitude.
May 7, 2015 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Amid the tumult of layoffs, a busy Mayor Don Guardian declared a summer of entertainment, then vowed to try to save Stockton University's "island campus" project. Guardian laid out an impressive to-do list for the season during a conference call with reporters Tuesday. After declaring his beleaguered but resilient Boardwalk town the "entertainment capital of the Jersey Shore," Guardian said he was convening a meeting Friday to try to coax a settlement in the Stockton standoff.
April 30, 2015
THE LETTER that is the only remaining post on the Surflight Theatre's website is pretty grim: "On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I regret to advise you that due to continuing difficult financial circumstances, Surflight Theatre is forced to cease operations after 65 seasons and file for bankruptcy," reads the first sentence of the post, which is signed by Dave Kreines, chairman of the board of trustees of the venerable Beach Haven, N.J.-based theater...